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Palm Beach County residents stock up on supplies to prepare for Hurricane Isaias

Emergency officials urge everyone to have plenty of supplies
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Posted at 3:51 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 18:45:00-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Emergency management officials in Palm Beach County are telling everyone on Friday to take Hurricane Isaias seriously.

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Raul Iriarte has been preparing for hurricane season since the beginning of June.

"Every month in the grocery budget, you add a few things to stock up on water and non-perishables," Iriarte said.

But Friday, he stopped in Home Depot off Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard in West Palm Beach for a generator, with Hurricane Isaias gaining strength and inching further west toward Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

"It probably isn’t going to be as bad as some of the others that have hit us, but I might as well be prepared," Iriarte said.

Home Depot is reloading the shelves with plywood as South Floridians stocks up on supplies.

"You gotta listen because you never know," shopper Ted Lederman said. "I’ll err on the side of caution."

It was the calm before the storm at Ocean Reef Park in Riviera Beach on Friday. Crews in Palm Beach County were out surveying beaches ahead of possible erosion and storm surge.

"We’ll assess the conditions, take a number of photographs, try to match up everything, so when we come out after the storm we can determine the level of damages," said Andy Studt, the Environmental Program Supervisor for Palm Beach County.

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2020 STORM NAMES

Arthur

Bertha

Cristobal

Dolly

Edouard

Fay

Gonzalo

Hanna

Isaias

Josephine

Kyle

Laura

Marco

Nana

Omar

Paulette

Rene

Sally

Teddy

Vicky

Wilfred

TERMS TO KNOW

TROPICAL STORM WATCH: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

HURRICANE WATCH: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

HURRICANE WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.